Stephen Brigdale’s current research projects are linked to place and critical interventions. Working with writers, scientists, curators and other specialist collaborators, several maritime based projects are in production or have been shown.
In 2005 he co-directed an international symposium entitled; 'Cultural Translations 1' with Bernadette Buckley (John Hansard Gallery), funded by the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation and the Japan Foundation. It brought together artists from Japan and Europe exhibiting in 'Counter Photography - Japan's Artists Today' and included key Japanese artists; Shimabuku, Tomoko Yeneda and Tomoaki Ishihara; cultural theorists Sarat Maharaj, Dolores Martinez and Joy Hendry; and writers and curators Jonathan Watkins, Yuri Mitsuda and Catherine Atherton, speaking about their ideas in relation to cultural paradigm shifts. This event was held at the University and co-organised with Bridget Cusack (Millais Gallery).
His research initiatives aim to explore interdisciplinary and convergent contexts in contemporary visual arts, culture and education.